THE TOTAL PICTURE SEMINAR 
A two-day Immersion into the Collaborative Experience of Filmmaking  


Lyle Kessler Martin Landau Mark Rydell

actor MARTIN LANDAU 
director MARK RYDELL 
screenwriter/playwright LYLE KESSLER 


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Martin Landau Click picture for bio.

Academy Award Winner
Martin Landau



Mark Rydell Click picture for bio.

Academy Award Nominated Director Mark Rydell



Lyle Kessler Click picture for bio.

Acclaimed Writer
Lyle Kessler


Martin Landau Ed Wood


Martin Landau crimes and misdemeanors


Martin Landau entourage


Mark Rydell on golden pond


Mark Rydell james dean


Mark Rydell the cowboys


Lyle Kessler orphans


Lyle Kessler the saint fort washington



A ONE-TIME SPECIAL EVENT FOR ACTORS, WRITERS, AND DIRECTORS



These men have worked with Al Pacino, Tim Burton, Lee Strasberg, Woody Allen, Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, John Wayne, James Caan, Johnny Depp, Albert Finney, Francis Ford Coppola, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Jim Carrey, Robert De Niro, Bette Midler, Steve McQueen, Jane Fonda, Forest Whitaker, and dozens and dozens more.



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 NEVER BEEN DONE

Academy Award winning actor Martin Landau, Oscar-nominated director Mark Rydell and noted playwright/screenwriter Lyle Kessler, who have more than a century of leadership of The Actors Studio program between them, will conduct The Total Picture Seminar, an immersion course in the inter-relationship of the three critical disciplines of narrative film-making - writing, acting and directing.



 COMPLETE EDUCATION IN THE FILMMAKING PROCESS

This two-day in-depth education will give you a firm grasp of the significant aspects of filmmaking.



 AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

Writers will submit five minute scenes directed and staged for the camera by Mark Rydell working with renowned cinematographer, Robbie Greenberg. Actors will be cast from the audience and coached by Martin Landau. The scene content will be analyzed and discussed by Lyle Kessler.



"We sincerely believe the human experience is at the heart of drama. This is a unique opportunity to benefit from the legacy of The Group Theatre, The Actors Studio, Brando, Dean, Clurman, Meisner, Strasberg, Kazan, Adler, et al. and continuing the tradition of these theatrical giants and their contribution to character driven films. We look forward to seeing you at the seminar."

Martin, Mark and Lyle.




 EXPERIENCE

Martin Landau, Mark Rydell, and Lyle Kessler have worked together as a team for many decades at The Actors Studio. Rydell and Landau have been directors of Actors Studio West since the late sixties and Kessler and Rydell conduct the Writer/Directors Unit of the Studio. Kessler has also served as Director of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. They bring industry experience, prestige, and personal success to the seminar. Each having a lifetime of teaching experience.



 FILM ANALYSIS

Clips from major motion pictures that Landau, Rydell, and Kessler have been involved with will be analyzed for their acting, directing, and writing content.

Films such as Ed Wood, On Golden Pond, The Rose, Orphans, Crimes and Misdemeanors, among other films will be discussed with the audience.



 WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

A unique insight into all three disciplines of filmmaking. The following video is an overview of the seminar.


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 HIGHLIGHTS

The Directors Notebook
An Actors Preparation
Evolution of a Screenplay
Character and Story
Working with Major Directors
Camera Placement
Video Playback
Overcoming Obstacles
Challenging Self
Maximizing your talent
(Q&As) Audience Participation

Check out the complete seminar schedule.



 HOW TO PARTICIPATE

After you register, writers will submit 5 minute two-character scenes. For demonstration purposes they should be simple one set scenes. Four scenes will be selected and directed for the camera. Actors will be cast from the attendees based on character considerations.



 HOW TO SUBMIT A SCENE

  • Writers may submit one 5 minute two-character scene.
  • They should be simple one set scenes.
  • All scenes should be no more then 5 pages long.
  • Provide a brief synopsis of the events leading up to the scene.
  • Provide a brief description of the characters.
  • Please copy and paste (text only) your scene in an email and send to submit@thetotalpictureseminar.com.


 MARTIN LANDAU "On Being an Actor"


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 MARK RYDELL "On Being a Director"


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 LYLE KESSLER "On Being a Writer"


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